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# factcheck - Friday 17 April, 2020

Debunked: No, Queen Elizabeth's coronavirus speech was not recorded on 5 March
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Debunked: No, Queen Elizabeth's coronavirus speech was not recorded on 5 March

Apr 17th 2020, 10:24 AM 360 Views 0 Comments

A post on Facebook claiming that Queen Elizabeth’s speech regarding the coronavirus outbreak is untrue.

# factcheck - Thursday 16 April, 2020

Debunked: A letter stating that pubs will be shut until at least 1 September is a 'complete fabrication'
# Closing Time
# Closing Time

Debunked: A letter stating that pubs will be shut until at least 1 September is a 'complete fabrication'

Apr 16th 2020, 7:49 PM 100,367 Views 81 Comments

It’s a fake.

Debunked: There's no evidence that criminals are dousing facemasks with chemicals so they can rob people
# Debunked
# Debunked

Debunked: There's no evidence that criminals are dousing facemasks with chemicals so they can rob people

Apr 16th 2020, 6:00 AM 18,625 Views 8 Comments

The false message has been shared across Facebook and WhatsApp in Ireland and other countries.

# factcheck - Wednesday 15 April, 2020

Debunked: No, this isn't a 'tentative' list of dates the government might start letting things reopen
# Covid19 Facts
# Covid19 Facts

Debunked: No, this isn't a 'tentative' list of dates the government might start letting things reopen

Apr 15th 2020, 9:09 PM 57,914 Views 31 Comments

This message has been circulating today in WhatsApp Groups – the Chief Medical Officer says “no such list exists” right now.

Debunked: No, watered-down mouthwash is not an effective substitute for hand sanitiser
# Covid19 Facts
# Covid19 Facts

Debunked: No, watered-down mouthwash is not an effective substitute for hand sanitiser

Apr 15th 2020, 4:20 PM 11,689 Views 10 Comments

It is also not an effective surface disinfectant.

# factcheck - Tuesday 14 April, 2020

Debunked: No, there is not enough evidence that a malaria drug and an antibiotic can lead to a quick recovery from Covid-19
# Facebook
# Facebook

Debunked: No, there is not enough evidence that a malaria drug and an antibiotic can lead to a quick recovery from Covid-19

Apr 14th 2020, 6:31 PM 18,411 Views 55 Comments

Donald Trump has said this combination could be “one of the biggest game changers in the history of medicine”.

# factcheck - Saturday 11 April, 2020

Debunked: This message advising people to 'get tested' is not from the HSE's contact tracing team
# Fake Message
# Fake Message

Debunked: This message advising people to 'get tested' is not from the HSE's contact tracing team

Apr 11th 2020, 12:12 PM 21,691 Views 14 Comments

Recipients are advised not to click on the link attached to the message.

# factcheck - Thursday 9 April, 2020

Debunked: A video called 'move your cucu' will not format your phone, but people still advised to be wary of scams
# Fake Message
# Fake Message

Debunked: A video called 'move your cucu' will not format your phone, but people still advised to be wary of scams

Apr 9th 2020, 6:00 AM 21,580 Views 3 Comments

The WhatsApp message is reminiscent of a previous hoax text in 2015.

# factcheck - Sunday 5 April, 2020

Debunked: That 'extremely sophisticated' bank scam doing the rounds on WhatsApp is completely false
# Debunked
# Debunked

Debunked: That 'extremely sophisticated' bank scam doing the rounds on WhatsApp is completely false

Apr 5th 2020, 12:05 AM 87,405 Views 26 Comments

It’s not true.

# factcheck - Saturday 4 April, 2020

Debunked: No, Queen Elizabeth has not been diagnosed with coronavirus
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

Debunked: No, Queen Elizabeth has not been diagnosed with coronavirus

Apr 4th 2020, 1:31 PM 94 Views 0 Comments

A post on Instagram claiming that Queen Elizabeth has coronavirus is untrue.

Spot any potentially false posts on Facebook? Let us know and we'll factcheck them
# Debunked
# Debunked

Spot any potentially false posts on Facebook? Let us know and we'll factcheck them

Apr 4th 2020, 7:30 AM 9,737 Views 0 Comments

TheJournal.ie is debunking some of the many rumours going around about coronavirus.

# factcheck - Friday 3 April, 2020

Debunked: The risk of carrying coronavirus into your home on your shoes is extremely low
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

Debunked: The risk of carrying coronavirus into your home on your shoes is extremely low

Apr 3rd 2020, 6:01 PM 48,360 Views 27 Comments

Could you carry coronavirus into your home on your shoes? It’s low risk.

Debunked: No, this 'very urgent' message telling you that your bank details can be robbed by making a phone call isn't true
# Covid-19 Facts
# Covid-19 Facts

Debunked: No, this 'very urgent' message telling you that your bank details can be robbed by making a phone call isn't true

Apr 3rd 2020, 12:41 PM 39,103 Views 15 Comments

The latest WhatsApp message doing the rounds is debunked here.

# factcheck - Wednesday 1 April, 2020

Debunked: That WhatsApp message about a 'strict ban on alcohol' from tomorrow is, at best, an April Fool's joke
# April Fools
# April Fools

Debunked: That WhatsApp message about a 'strict ban on alcohol' from tomorrow is, at best, an April Fool's joke

Apr 1st 2020, 6:37 PM 41,745 Views 26 Comments

The image claims that there will be “a strict ban of alcohol” from tomorrow, meaning that off-licences would close.

Debunked: No, Leo Varadkar is not telling people to avoid using the Houseparty video messaging app
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

Debunked: No, Leo Varadkar is not telling people to avoid using the Houseparty video messaging app

Apr 1st 2020, 4:46 PM 41,974 Views 22 Comments

An image purporting to show the Taoiseach warning people not to use the app has been shared on social media in recent days.

Debunked: Yes, funerals are very different right now but they are still happening

Debunked: Yes, funerals are very different right now but they are still happening

Apr 1st 2020, 6:15 AM 22,631 Views 16 Comments

A message being shared makes specific claims about funeral arrangements for loved ones who die from Covid-19.

# factcheck - Tuesday 31 March, 2020

Debunked: No, the army isn't patrolling all the cities, towns and villages in Ireland because of Covid-19
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

Debunked: No, the army isn't patrolling all the cities, towns and villages in Ireland because of Covid-19

Mar 31st 2020, 4:46 PM 4,162 Views 1 Comment

There is a lot of misinformation about what is actually involved in Ireland’s Covid-19 measures.

Debunked: No, leaving onions around your home won't 'catch' the coronavirus
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

Debunked: No, leaving onions around your home won't 'catch' the coronavirus

Mar 31st 2020, 6:20 AM 32,148 Views 20 Comments

False claims on Facebook suggest that onions are able to absorb germs.

# factcheck - Monday 30 March, 2020

Debunked: That WhatsApp message with health tips from a doctor in China is false and misleading
# False Claims
# False Claims

Debunked: That WhatsApp message with health tips from a doctor in China is false and misleading

Mar 30th 2020, 3:34 PM 54,077 Views 29 Comments

A message claiming to be from a friend’s uncle who works in a hospital in China has been circulating lately.

# factcheck - Thursday 26 March, 2020

Debunked: No, drinking tea is not a cure for Covid-19
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

Debunked: No, drinking tea is not a cure for Covid-19

Mar 26th 2020, 7:14 PM 51,454 Views 45 Comments

False claims being shared on WhatsApp claim that drinking tea can stop the coronavirus.

Debunked: The UK no longer considers Covid-19 a high consequence infectious disease, but social media posts about it are misleading
# Debunked
# Debunked

Debunked: The UK no longer considers Covid-19 a high consequence infectious disease, but social media posts about it are misleading

Mar 26th 2020, 6:13 PM 17,649 Views 3 Comments

A screenshot shared online is true, but doesn’t tell the full story.

# factcheck - Wednesday 25 March, 2020

Debunked: No, Ireland is not in a 'lockdown sequence' despite what this Facebook post says
# Covid19
# Covid19

Debunked: No, Ireland is not in a 'lockdown sequence' despite what this Facebook post says

Mar 25th 2020, 5:49 PM 2,226 Views 0 Comments

The post claims the Irish government has been slowly implementing a country-wide lockdown since last Sunday.

Debunked: No, GPs aren't giving out 'rescue packs' en masse to asthma and COPD sufferers
# Debunked
# Debunked

Debunked: No, GPs aren't giving out 'rescue packs' en masse to asthma and COPD sufferers

Mar 25th 2020, 3:47 PM 32,542 Views 28 Comments

A message that is being shared in WhatsApp groups and on social media contains medical advice that is “not safe” according to one GP.

# factcheck - Saturday 21 March, 2020

Debunked: No, the 'lockdown' isn't here - that's the Defence Forces setting up a testing site on Dublin's quays
# Debunked
# Debunked

Debunked: No, the 'lockdown' isn't here - that's the Defence Forces setting up a testing site on Dublin's quays

Mar 21st 2020, 8:30 PM 140,074 Views 121 Comments

A Facebook post said the army was “setting up camp” on the quays.

# factcheck - Friday 20 March, 2020

Debunked: No, 'Galway Hospital' hasn't circulated a message telling people to wear gloves at petrol pumps
# Covid19 Facts
# Covid19 Facts

Debunked: No, 'Galway Hospital' hasn't circulated a message telling people to wear gloves at petrol pumps

Mar 20th 2020, 7:05 PM 104,540 Views 63 Comments

Another WhatsApp message is being forwarded around many groups today.

TheJournal.ie has joined a worldwide project of factcheckers debunking claims about Covid-19
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

TheJournal.ie has joined a worldwide project of factcheckers debunking claims about Covid-19

Mar 20th 2020, 3:43 PM 16,430 Views 47 Comments

We’ll now have access to hundreds of factchecks by other international newsrooms.

# factcheck - Wednesday 18 March, 2020

Debunked: Despite what those WhatsApp messages predicted, the country has not gone into lockdown in the past two days
# Debunked
# Debunked

Debunked: Despite what those WhatsApp messages predicted, the country has not gone into lockdown in the past two days

Mar 18th 2020, 10:30 PM 50,999 Views 39 Comments

The Defence Forces have been very busy – but they’re not patrolling the streets.

Debunked: No, gardaí did not ask off-licences to open late on St Patrick's Day to stop house parties
# Covid19 Facts
# Covid19 Facts

Debunked: No, gardaí did not ask off-licences to open late on St Patrick's Day to stop house parties

Mar 18th 2020, 6:26 PM 29,984 Views 26 Comments

The claim was made on social media yesterday, but it isn’t true.

Debunked: No, you can't test for the coronavirus by holding your breath for more than 10 seconds
# Covid19 Facts
# Covid19 Facts

Debunked: No, you can't test for the coronavirus by holding your breath for more than 10 seconds

Mar 18th 2020, 12:05 AM 50,745 Views 57 Comments

A widely shared message claims this advice comes from ‘Taiwan experts’. Real experts say there’s no evidence to support it.

# factcheck - Sunday 15 March, 2020

Debunked: No, four young people are not in a serious condition in CUH after taking non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs
# Covid19 Facts
# Covid19 Facts

Debunked: No, four young people are not in a serious condition in CUH after taking non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs

Mar 15th 2020, 9:28 PM 307,333 Views 46 Comments

The clinical lead for the HSE told TheJournal.ie that such false stories harm our collective action to fight this virus.

# factcheck - Friday 13 March, 2020

Debunked: No, the HSE is not telling people to stockpile food, despite what this WhatsApp message says
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

Debunked: No, the HSE is not telling people to stockpile food, despite what this WhatsApp message says

Mar 13th 2020, 7:08 PM 98,782 Views 50 Comments

The rumour has been doing the rounds on WhatsApp in Ireland today.

Got any messages on WhatsApp about coronavirus that sound untrue? Send it to us and we'll check it out
# Debunked
# Debunked

Got any messages on WhatsApp about coronavirus that sound untrue? Send it to us and we'll check it out

Mar 13th 2020, 5:44 PM 41,976 Views 0 Comments

TheJournal.ie is debunking some of the many rumours going around about coronavirus.

Debunked: No, this tweet saying that all Cheltenham racegoers from Ireland are being put into isolation is not true
# Covid19 Facts
# Covid19 Facts

Debunked: No, this tweet saying that all Cheltenham racegoers from Ireland are being put into isolation is not true

Mar 13th 2020, 1:49 PM 37,905 Views 53 Comments

The four-day racing festival finishes today.

Debunked: 'No substance whatsoever' to WhatsApp voicenote claiming Ireland is going into 'Status Red' lockdown
# Rubbish
# Rubbish

Debunked: 'No substance whatsoever' to WhatsApp voicenote claiming Ireland is going into 'Status Red' lockdown

Mar 13th 2020, 1:13 PM 312,732 Views 82 Comments

The Defence Forces has dismissed the widely-shared message as “irresponsible”.

# factcheck - Thursday 12 March, 2020

FactCheck: No, drinking water every 15 minutes will not protect you from getting the coronavirus
# Debunked
# Debunked

FactCheck: No, drinking water every 15 minutes will not protect you from getting the coronavirus

Mar 12th 2020, 6:05 AM 68,856 Views 36 Comments

That information you’ve heard about drinking water every 15 minutes to protect yourself from Covid-19.

# factcheck - Tuesday 10 March, 2020

Debunked: Department of Education says as of now, it is not ordering all schools to close
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Debunked: Department of Education says as of now, it is not ordering all schools to close

Mar 10th 2020, 4:30 PM 110,333 Views 75 Comments

Rumours were circulating on WhatsApp and on social media today that all schools nationwide are to be closed.

# factcheck - Friday 6 March, 2020

An image being shared on social media naming schools closing due to Covid-19 is fake: here's why
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

An image being shared on social media naming schools closing due to Covid-19 is fake: here's why

Mar 6th 2020, 3:03 PM 138,640 Views 41 Comments

The image has been circulating following the confirmation of four cases of the virus in Clare.

# factcheck - Tuesday 3 March, 2020

Yes, it's safe to receive a package from China. No, there are no media blackouts: Exploding myths about Covid-19
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Yes, it's safe to receive a package from China. No, there are no media blackouts: Exploding myths about Covid-19

Mar 3rd 2020, 6:00 AM 36,132 Views 17 Comments

There are a few common misconceptions around the coronavirus. Here, we take some of them head on.

# factcheck - Friday 28 February, 2020

Why those messages you're getting on WhatsApp about coronavirus cases in Ireland are (probably) not true
# Debunked
# Debunked

Why those messages you're getting on WhatsApp about coronavirus cases in Ireland are (probably) not true

Feb 28th 2020, 3:53 PM 82,250 Views 32 Comments

That WhatsApp message you got might sound believable – but check it out for yourself before sharing it.

# factcheck - Friday 14 February, 2020

FactCheck: Will the government spend more on HAP than on new social housing this year?
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

FactCheck: Will the government spend more on HAP than on new social housing this year?

Feb 14th 2020, 6:00 AM 24,896 Views 42 Comments

Sinn Féin’s housing spokesman Eoin O Broin made the claim on television this week – but is he right?